Nuance Communications creates voice-based software: voice recognition, speech detection, and interactive voice response. But it has gained the majority of its recognition in the technology space for licensing Siri, Apple’s voice-powered assistant, to Apple for use on its mobile devices. But it is not just Nuance’s unique voice software that puts it in the spotlight; the company’s CEO’s salary does as well.
Paul Ricci, CEO of Nuance, made $29 million last year — $87 million total over the last three years, according to the Boston Globe. Supporters of Ricci and his big paycheck remind critics that he built Nuance into the speech recognition giant that it is today.